Olympique Lyonnais owner John Textor clearly has a lot of ambition in the transfer market, especially to bring the French club back to the European Cup, and more specifically to the Champions League.
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Downgraded to L1 (7th), OL, under the impetus of its new strongman, the American John Textor, wants to restore the club to its former glory, which notably involves an ambitious and large-scale transfer window. The French club should also be able to retain one of its nuggets, Bradley Barcola, who told the newspaper The Team born « no see » why leave OL this summer: “I have a season to confirm (…). I am good at OL (…).”
The sports daily also revealed that the American from Chelsea, Christian Pulisic (24), was in the sights of the formation led by Laurent Blanc. The competition will be « fierce » said The Teamand the folder « complex »but OL’s ambition is asserting itself with an element recruited for the modest sum of 64 million euros in 2019 in sight. Despite a season to forget (30 games, 1 goal, 2 assists), Christian Pulisic remains a player with high potential, who recalls, by his profile of great hope to revive, the arrival of Memphis Depay in Lyon, in 2017.
Two Americans in Lyon?
According to another source, less known in France, namely MLS Transfers, Olympique Lyonnais would also have the ambition to secure the services of another well-rated American, namely Winston McKennie. The 24-year-old midfielder has belonged to Juventus since 2021 and until 2025, but he was loaned in January 2023 to Leeds United, which fell to the Championship at the end of the season.
Source: Weston McKennie has suitors across the Premier League including Brighton but in recent days Lyon has shown major interest, trying to sell McKennie on the project to build a Ligue 1 champion.
Juventus are asking for $30M for a full transfer. pic.twitter.com/SGDv3faTvV
—MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) June 24, 2023
Not necessarily in the plans of the Italian club, Winston McKennie could spin for the sum of 30 million euros, according to MLS Transfers, and OL would be in the running, trying to sell him an L1 champion project. However, Lyon will have to get rid of competition from Premier League clubs, including 6th in the championship, Brighton.